Almost Internet Famous Stimulated Boredom Podcast 417: Almost (Internet) Famous

 

Vanessa Gabriel of Girls Gone Geek returns for a four-peat appearance on the show, as we discuss the ins-and-outs of creating your own successful blog, podcast and posting original content.

 

Having been content creators since 2005 (me) and 2009 (Vanessa), we have gleaned from and learned a lot of lessons about taking our passions and turning them into viable platforms on the Internet.

 

From choosing a memorable name to building an audience and promoting your content via social media, we discuss the mistakes we’ve made, our successes, failures, helpful tips & tricks and share our collected wisdom for the benefit of those seeking to do the same.

 

As is always the case with Vanessa’s appearances on the show, this is an entertaining, informative and organic conversation that we hope will help to stimulate your boredom, while providing some insight and advice that people can immediately apply and benefit from.

Direct download: July_14_Content_Creation_Internet_Famous.mp3
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Stimulated Boredom Microphone1 1024x706 Update: Stimulated Boredom Gets A Face Lift

Some of you may have noticed a few major changes recently. That’s because I locked myself away for a few days – and have the mason jars full of urine and poor basic hygiene to prove it – redesigning the entire Stimulated Boredom website.

The intent of the redesign was to create more of a “news magazine” feel to the site, one which would make it easier to discover content, in addition to better organizing the website as a whole.

In this brief update, I introduce some of the changes that were made.

Direct download: July_12_Stimulated_Boredom_Gets_A_Facelift.mp3
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As discussed on the show: How's this for Jesus imagery?
As discussed on the show: How's this for Jesus imagery? 

 

Week of: June 17 - June 24, 2013

Resident comic book experts, Vanessa Gabriel and Erika Peterman of Girls Gone Geek, join me as we discuss and review the new, "Man of Steel"movie!

In this 2.5 hour episode we cover everything from the different comic book story arcs that were incorporated into the script, all of our feelings on the movie and Henry Cavill's bare chested Kryptonian nipples. .Be sure to follow and support Girls Gone Geek on Facebook & Twitter

As always, enjoy the show!

Direct download: Man_of_Steel_Stimulated_Boredom_June_18_2013.mp3
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Girls Gone Geek Gail Simone This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Girls Gone Geek: (L-R) Erika Peterman, Gail Simone, Vanessa Gabriel

Week of: March 18 – March 25, 2013

Vanessa Gabriel of Girls Gone Geek regales us with her latest adventure in cosplay, the thrill of meeting Gail Simone, and a discussion about the challenges that content creators face.

It’s been awhile, but the prodigal geek girl returns for another amazing discussion on comic books, cosplay and content creation. :)

With Vanessa fresh off of her trip to MegaCon (and mine to SXSW), we also finish out the show with a very interesting discussion between two content creators, including many of the challenges we faced and lessons we learned along the way while building our channels (and audience) up.

As always, enjoy the show!

Direct download: March_18_Stimulated_Boredom_Death_To_Trolls.mp3
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Marco Rubio Water SOTU This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Stay Thirsty My Friends

Week of: February 18 – February 25, 2013

The State of the Union address, awkward drinks of water and a review of Dave Grohl’s, “Sound City.”

On this week’s episode of the podcast, I discuss a few of my takeaways from the President’s fourth State of the Union. What stood out to me? What is likely to be the legacy of the speech? When did the modern State of the Union become such an exercise in political futility?

I also briefly discuss the perils of dehydration on National television while giving your party’s official response and recommend a new rock documentary by Foo Fighters front-man and first-time director, Dave Grohl.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Stimulated_Boredom_Exercise_In_Futility_Feb_18_2013.mp3
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social media This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: January 28 – February 4, 2013

Stimulated Boredom is back! With the move to Washington DC under our belts, the show gets back into the swing of things by discussing the best ways to increase your social network, influence and footprint.

After 8 years of producing and growing a podcast, I have learned a lot of lessons along the way on how to use social media to your benefit; regardless if you are a company, blogger, podcaster or simply someone who has something to say.

Many people over the years have asked me to discuss how I grew Stimulated Boredom over the years to the point of attracting thousands of followers, fans and subscribers. It was difficult – with a lot of mistakes made along the way – in addition to the necessity of adapting to a constantly evolving social landscape.

In this 2.5 hour show, I lay out my philosophy on the best ways to improve the reach and influence of your social network, while creating and sharing content that connects and is ‘shareable.’ I also plan to follow up this general discussion, with a series that focuses more closely on specific tips, tricks and tools.

You don’t have to be a celebrity or a huge corporation to get noticed…you just have to have something to say and a way to say it that gets your head above the crowd.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Jan_28_2013.Social_Distortion.mp3
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Dana Sciandra inauguration Day Stimulated Boredom This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: November 26 – ???

Synopsis: Stimulated Boredom is moving to Washington DC! In this brief update, I announce some exciting news and how it will affect the podcast over the course of the next few weeks.

The show moves closer to the belly of the beast! We are very excited about this change and have a LOT to do over the next couple of weeks, therefore Stimulated Boredom will be taking a brief hiatus as we get packed, moved and settled into our new DC digs. :)

I appreciate your patience during this time and am anticipating that I should be able to get back on the mic by the 2nd or 3rd week of December.

In the meantime, please feel free to get caught up on any past shows that you might have missed! You can do so viaiTunes or the official SB iPhone and Android apps, in addition to a variety of other options.

Thanks again for your support of Stimulated Boredom and for listening to the show…the next time you hear my voice, I will be breathing in the Washington DC air and getting ready for some new and exciting changes to the show. :)

Direct download: Nov_26.Moving_To_Washington_DC.mp3
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Four More Years This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Four More Years.

Week of: November 12 – November 19, 2012

Synopsis: The election is over, President Obama has won a second term and it’s time for a little post-election analysis; including what the next four years may look like and the impending fiscal cliff.

That’s it folks! After a year of campaigning, kissing babies, shaking hands, a billion dollars in ads spent, countless stump speeches and a race dubbed ‘one of the closest in recent history,’ it was over much faster than the pundits predicted and was a resounding electoral victory for the President.

But what happened? Why were the polls and talking heads so off? Where did the GOP go wrong against an incumbent they swore was so beatable? And how has the country’s demographics shifted in such a way that the White House may effectively end up outside of the Republican party’s reach for a long time unless they adapt and become more inclusive?

This week’s show is all about the election and what challenges the President may face in the upcoming fours years; in addition to what the Republican party may need to do in order to stay relevant in a country with changing demographics and a more progressive attitude towards social, ethnic & gender issues.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Nov_12.Four_More_Years.mp3
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Election 2012 This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: October 22 – October 29, 2012

Synopsis: As we head into the final days of the election, I respond to listener questions relating to exactly what the Electoral College is, its history and how it works, what makes a “battleground state” and a wrap-up of the week in election news.

Due to what appears to be a close race, there has been a lot of talk this election cycle of the Electoral College and the math involved in coming up with a strategy that leads to 270 electoral votes…the majority required to win the Presidency. But what exactly is the Electoral College and how does it work? Why was it created in the first place and why is it still used today? Why doesn’t popular vote determine the winner of Presidential elections?

I’ve covered this topic numerous times on past shows during previous election years and decided to re-visit it due to the emails and questions that I have been receiving, asking me to answer the questions listed above. I also delve into the strategy that each party pursues to achieve electoral victory and what the electoral map is showing as we head into November 6th.

So enjoy this little civics lesson, coupled with additional discussion, politicking and opinion of the news coming out of the final stretch of the election.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Nov5.Electoral_College_Daze.mp3
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mitt romney binders full of women This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: October 22 – October 29, 2012

Synopsis: A different President Obama showed up to the 2nd debate and Mitt Romney gives birth to another meme. Patrick joins me as we discuss confusing polls, the best moments of the debate and other politicking.

At the 2nd Presidential debate, a significantly more assertive (and awake) president Obama showed up and appeared to keep Mitt Romney on his heels for the duration of the evening…leading to some memorable moments and an opponent who was consistently kept on defense and who repeatedly needed to cede his time (that was supposed to be spent answering audience questions) responding to an Obama that was clearly on offense.

I am joined by Patrick, as we dissect the debate and some of the more interesting exchanges. We also break down some confusing and inconsistent polling on a micro level, in order to shed some light on why some of the battleground states have consistently remained in the President’s column and why Romney has not be able to break through in some of them.

This week we put on our politico hats and give an honest assessment of this year’s election, why polls may be irrelevant (regardless of who they favor), how women may determine the outcome and how the elections in this country have changed…mostly for the worse.

lot of interesting topics are covered in this nearly 3-hour conversation and we think you will walk away with more than a few new things to consider.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Oct22_Unleash_The_Kraken.mp3
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